NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Lack of sponsorship has forced Kenyan champions
Strathmore University and Butali Sugar Warriors to pull out of
the Africa Cup for Club Champions tourney in Accra, Ghana.
However, continental champions in the women’s competition Telkom
and Strathmore Scorpions have been cleared to compete in the
event, which starts in Accra on Jan 20-28.
Butali team manager Kamal Sambi on Wednesday confirmed their
withdrawal saying they had no financier to foot their bill and
wished the two women side all the best for the competition,
which has attracted 12 top Africa teams - five men and seven
women - for the week long debacle.
"For our payers this level of competition is their dream, but
we lack the funds to sponsor them.
"We can only wish the Kenyan clubs still in the tourney the
very best," said Sambi.
The hosts will be represented by Ghana Revenue Authority and
Defending champions Eastern Company together with El Sharkia
will represent Egypt, Niger Flickers Hockey Club who won the
Nigerian league and the runners-up, Police Machine, complete the
teams to vie for honors in the men’s division.
In the women’s tourney, there are Ghana Revenue Authority,
Police, champions Telkom from Kenya, Strathmore (Kenya),
Nigerian sides KADA Queens and Yobe Desert Queens.